NEXPRESSO (Network for EXchange and PRototype Evaluation of photonicS componentS and Optical systems)

NEXPRESSO is a 3-year project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission
(FP7-ICT-2009.3.7: Photonics).
NEXPRESSO advances the highly successful ACCORD project to a new level of performance, by broadening cooperation between SMEs and researchers, and by development of sustainable funding for the initiative. ACCORD funded 12 projects, linking SMEs and university researchers to speed up time to market through targeted prototype development.

You can find more details on the ACCORD website www.ist-accord.org which can be accessed through NEXPRESSO website www.nexpresso.eu.

NEXPRESSOs objectives are to:

  • Purchase at marginal cost pre-competitive photonic devices from innovative European companies and put them in the hands of European researchers and students, at no net cost to the university or to the company that furnished the devices
  • Invite European universities and end-users to propose components and R&D projects
  • Facilitate transfer of device evaluation results to potential end-users, assisting companies to access new markets and new applications.
  • Provide a detailed handbook and support to any funding authority who wishes to establish a similar programme

Participation in NEXPRESSO is free of charge. All interested parties are asked to register their interest and hence to become a Member of the NEXPRESSO Project by visiting www.nexpresso.eu.

The NEXPRESSO Consortium Partners are:

  • Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (Belgium) – Coordinator
  • European Photonics Industry Consortium (France)
  • Multitel (Belgium)
  • Haute Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale (Switzerland)
  • Sagem Défense Sécurité (France)
  • Wroclaw University of Technology (Poland)
  • Scottish Optoelectronics Association (United Kingdom)
  • Perfos (France)
  • Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (USA)
  • Opticsvalley (France)


For further information on this particular press release, or for information on membership and participation in any of the EPIC programmes, please contact:

Thomas P. Pearsall
General Secretary
17, rue Hamelin
75016 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 45 05 72 63